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From Getting Cancer Treatment to Giving Back - 14 Years of Survival

by Brittany McNabb.

WhatNexter chiefomni is a perfect an example of someone that was hit between the eyes with cancer but chose to fight, survive, and thrive. After a grueling journey with cancer, Bart decided to use his time and experience to educate others on esophageal cancer and what they can do to take their health into their own hands. Here is his story. 

From Getting Cancer Treatment To Giving Back

Warning Signs of Cancer

I happened to be on a business trip to Hamburg Germany when at dinner one night, a piece of steak got caught in my...

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Staying Positive and Keeping the Fear of Recurrence Away

by Brittany McNabb.

The fear of recurrence is normal and something that cancer survivors face daily. The fear of recurrence can have the power to paralyze WhatNexters from living their life to the fullest, but it does not have to. There are ways to stay positive and there are ways to conquer your fears. While it may not be easy, it is possible. Here are some ways to stay positive and keep the fear of recurrence away. 

Staying Positive And Keeping The Fear Of Recurrence Away

I choose happiness instead of fear.

"On the outside chance that I have a recurrence, I...

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What is all this stuff? Online Resources to Help You Understand Lab Results

by Blake Hoffmeyer.

For many WhatNexters, reading lab results can be intimidating or difficult. Fortunately, it does not have to be frustrating every time. Here we have explored six online resources that will help you understand your lab results, blood tests, and other information you receive from your doctor.

Online Resources To Help You Understand Lab Results

1. American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society's website gives a wonderful introduction to understanding what the various letters and numbers mean in your test results. They walk you through...

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Recognizing the Small Victories of Beating Cancer

by Brittany McNabb.

There are small victories in life and small victories when you are fighting cancer. Some days we might feel like we can't make it to that "big goal"...to remission or even to the doctors appointment at the end of the week. But we can celebrate the small obstacles we overcome and the small joys of life. Here are some victories that WhatNexters have recognized when it comes to beating cancer.

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Good test results.

"My husband's CT showed that the...

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Loved Ones to Patients: Words to Inspire You to Keep Fighting

by Brittany McNabb.

As loved ones to people with cancer, sometimes it is hard to convey our feelings that we just want them to keep fighting. Loved ones don't claim to know exactly what patients are going through; but they do want to do their part to help inspire loved ones as they battle cancer. While this is true for most cancer patients, we must keep in mind that a small percentage have already come to terms with their situation, and are prepared for whatever may come.

Keep Fighting Encouraging Words

Here are 10 suggestions of things to...

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5 Tips on Telling Your Loved Ones You Have Cancer

by Brittany McNabb.

There is no exact formula to telling the people you love that you have been diagnosed with cancer. WhatNexters are always asking for tips on how to tell loved ones and the best advice we can come up with is to do it with as much love as possible. Here are 5 more specific tips from WhatNexters themselves. 

Telling Your Loved Ones About Cancer

Keep in mind that we do not consider ourselves experts but have simply taken a few suggestions from others and shared them in this post. Everyone is different and ultimately you must...

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7 Ways to Cope With Mood Changes During Cancer Treatment

by Brittany McNabb.

Changes in mood can be a side effect of cancer, prescription medications, anxiety, and just life. Maybe you have always been an emotional person or maybe cancer has brought on a different side of you (or many different sides of you). If you have experienced mood changes with cancer you know it can be quite frustrating. Here are eight ideas on how to cope.

How To Cope With Mood Changes During Cancer Treatment

1. Recognize a pattern.

Mood Swings

There can be upswings and downswings of your mood throughout cancer treatment. Mood swings don't always mean...

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Stage IV Breast Cancer and Still Living With Hope and Joy

by Brittany McNabb.

How can hope and joy come out of stage IV breast cancer? Ask WhatNexter baridirects. Christine is an incredible example of a cancer survivor that has fought her battle against cancer with courage. To this day, her courage has turned into joy of life and hope for the future. She also spreads her hope as a mentor for other breast cancer patients. Here is her story...

Can Hope And Joy Come From Stage 4 Cancer?

How I Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

My cancer journey began in January of 2013. I had gotten a normal mammogram the previous...

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How to Master the Art of Relaxtion When You Have Cancer

by Brittany McNabb.

Relaxing can be very hard when you are fighting cancer. Even people that don't have to worry about doctor appointments, chemo, counts, scans, or prescription meds have trouble finding ways to relax in their everyday life. In a world that is so go-go-go, especially when battling cancer, it can be valuable to find at least 20 minutes a day to feel "relaxed." The question is: how...?

How To Relax When You Have Cancer

Here are 10 ideas that might get you on track to mastering the art of relaxation even while undergoing cancer...

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Dear Pre-Cancer Me: Things I Would Want to Tell Myself Before Cancer

by Brittany McNabb.

Do you ever wish you could go back and give your pre-cancer self some tips about your life? While we can't go back in time now, we can share our tips with those that have not experienced cancer or who have their own loved ones with cancer. So, dear pre-cancer self: here it is...

Dear Pre Cancer Me

I would want to tell myself...

Be healthy.

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"Get your butt out of the chair and start moving. Cut down on the coffee and drink more green tea. Back away from the junk food and eat more veggies. Don't sweat the...

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